postern

[poh-stern, pos-tern]
noun
1.
a back door or gate.
2.
a private entrance or any entrance other than the main one.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or resembling a postern.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English posterne < Old French, variant of posterle < Late Latin posterula, diminutive of postera back door, noun use of feminine of posterus coming behind. See posterior, -ule

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postern (ˈpɒstən)
 
n
1.  a back door or gate, esp one that is for private use
 
adj
2.  situated at the rear or the side
 
[C13: from Old French posterne, from Late Latin posterula (jānua) a back (entrance), from posterus coming behind; see posterior, posterity]

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postern
late 13c., "back door, private door," from O.Fr. posterne, earlier posterle, from L.L. posterula "small back door or gate," dim. of L. posterus "that is behind, coming after, subsequent," from post "after."
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There amongst them shone a luminous star that had led me only last year to the postern-gate.
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